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Geeks have an edge in business

Dear Dan: It’s tough trying to keep up with technology; with my limited time, should I be spending so much trying to figure this...

Rhode Island estate tax can be avoided

Benjamin Franklin once opined that the only things certain in the world are death and taxes. If Franklin were alive today and living in...

Success takes hard work – you can’t avoid it

More and more I see salespeople unwilling to work hard. For whatever reason, they refuse to do the hard work now that will make success...

The best dreams happen with your eyes wide open

“Every once in a while, someone you know has a profound impact on your life,” my friend Judy Corson wrote to me, promising that...
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New tax breaks helpful but Congress not done

Earlier this year, President George W. Bush signed The Small Business and Work Opportunity Tax Act of 2007 (SBWOTA), intended in part to benefit...

Small sins that can sink you

Dear Dan: As owner of a small business, I try to be a cheerleader, but it’s hard when I get mired in financial details...
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Global scale requires new document storage

How people work has changed rapidly over the past decade, and new tools can help employees function even more efficiently than in the past,...
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Succession plan is key for family businesses

Family-owned businesses have driven Rhode Island’s economy since the days of the horse and buggy and the packet ship. The challenges for these businesses...

The ‘second trimester’ is a tricky stage in life

The human life cycle can be broken into three “trimesters,” each representing a span of about 30 years by today’s average life expectancy statistics. According...

Making meetings memorable – OK, tolerable

Every sales team has a weekly meeting. Most salespeople think they’re a waste of business time. Mostly because the meetings are boring, or chastising, or...
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